Visitors can always find deep discounts on lift tickets and snow gear. Keep reading for snow reports on our Snow Report Blog and any DMR daily operations announcements. Durango Mountain Resort (commonly known to locals as “DMR”), formerly known as Purgatory, offers 10 lifts taking you to 85 groomed trails spanning in excess of 40 miles! These trails are broken up into 23% beginner, 51% intermediate, and 26% expert/advanced. With this spread, you would have to consciously try in order to miss finding a trail that suited your fancy. A quick 30-minute drive from the heart of downtown Durango will get you to DMR where an annual snowfall of 260 inches blankets the mountain thoroughly, making sure that no matter what time in the season you find yourself there, you are sure to not only be completely satisfied, but also utterly amazed. Because the resort offers such a variety of slopes and trails, covering more than 1,700 skiable acres, it has been ranked as the “second-least-crowded ski area on the continent.” If snow sports aren’t for you, feel free to check out DMR in the summer too. During these months, the trails are clear for other family oriented activities such as hiking or mountain biking. For a small fee, the lifts are even open to take you to the top of the mountain just to catch the view.
Everyone can enjoy this new alternative to Skiing & Snowboarding. Snowbiking is as easy as riding a bike! It is easier to learn and great for groups with varying levels of ability. Snowbikes are available at Durango Mountain Resort and are provided by DurangoSnowBike.com
Durango Mountain Resort has four different terrain parks for everyone from the new boarder to the most advanced:
- The Paradise Freestyle Arena will cure all of your rail-riding, big-air ills.
- The Pitchfork Terrain Garden is home to a 300 foot Half Pipe, plenty of rails, bumps, and a medium sized jump at the bottom for some serious air.
- Divine Comedy is located just above the base of the high speed 6-pack chairlift. It’s the perfect place for the experienced terrain park enthusiast.
- Angel’s Tread is the newest terrain park complete with two 8 ft. flat boxes.
At the Heart of Purgatory Mountain Resort
Purgatory Village offers just about everything you’ll need on your visit. Take in the majestic views of the San Juan Mountains while perusing a variety of shops and restaurants, and of course skiing or riding the beautiful mountain. The Village is the center of your vacation, where you can relax in a beach chair in front of Purgy’s or watch the evening alpenglow over the Needles Peaks.
Kids (6-12): $37
Students (13 – highschool): $53
Seniors (62 – 69): $56
Golden (70+): $39
Purgatory Mountain came into its modern day name in 1776 when several Spanish explorers were traveling on a nearby river. Some of their party got lost, and their bodies were never found. The other travelers believed the souls of the lost men would be relegated to Purgatory, and from this legend was born the designation, Purgatory Mountain, which originally opened as Purgatory Resort in 1965 and now operates as the year-round Durango Mountain Resort. Following this legendary expedition, the river was named “El Rio de las Animas Perdidas” or the River of Lost Souls (now the Animas River.)
Durango Skiing and Winter Sports
Enjoy skiing and snowboarding with Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. You can save big on lodging, lift tickets, rentals and more! Experience the authentic southwest by staying in one of the Durango area’s mountain lodges, rustic cabins, guest ranches, or luxurious old west resorts. Durango has a wide array of accommodations. Durango averages about 71 inches of snow per year, but the downtown area of Durango is quite manageable because it is in a low sun-drenched valley. Winter visitors love ample snow amounts for winter sports.
Where to Stay
There are plenty of places that will accommodate you on your winter ski and snowboard trip to Durango. Durango Mountain Resort is not like most other ski towns where you basically ski into your hotel off the slope. The town of Durango is located about 30 miles away from the mountain and we don’t want you to miss the town of Durango!
For your convenience there are shuttle services to DMR into Durango. Historic Downtown Durango is a fun way to spend your time not on the slopes. There is a lot of history mixed in with modern shops, cool restaurants and quaint coffee shops where you will enjoy the relaxed feel of downtown. You could also choose to stay in the middle of downtownand DMR at a relaxed Bed & Breakfast.